Vishy Anand in shock win at Sinquefield

President of the Guyana Chess Federation James Bond (right) presents a trophy and cheque to Ghansham Alijohn, the second place winner of the junior category of the Rapid Chess Tournament that was held three weeks ago at the YMCA. A student of St Stanislaus College, Ghansham is fondly known as ‘Little Anand’ in chess circles, perhaps, due to his style of play. He plays chess seriously, and is one of the nation’s bright prospects for the future.

When the finest chess players on the planet clash in the same competition, no one, not even the world champion, is safe. At the Sinquefield Cup Chess Tournament which ended yesterday in St Louis, USA, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen capitulated to Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. That was the startling and sensational news in the chess world until midway in the tournament. Then, suddenly, in the sixth round of the tournament, Vishy Anand appeared and wrestled the thunder from Fabiano Caruana.

Playing with imagination and confidence based on personal experiences and home preparation, Anand was all over Caruana on the chess board. Caruana is ranked the No 3 player in chess worldwide, and boasts a place in the elite 2800-club. Anand employed the English Opening against Caruana in a surprise move since the Indian grandmaster had used this opening only sporadically in his career. Anand boldly sacrificed his queen, and, in so doing, initiated a delightful mating net which he cast around his opponent’s king. In the post-game analysis, it was demonstrated that Anand’s calculation of the immediate position after 22…Rxe2 proved to be flawless. (See Figure 1). Caruana announced his resignation on move 29 of the game. Can you recreate Anand’s moves?

Meanwhile, in local news, chess classes are happening at the National Aquatic Centre at Liliendaal. Persons willing to learn chess can do so on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 4 pm until August 25.

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Gopaul favoured to win junior chess championship

“[Chess] makes man wiser and far-sighted.” – Vladimir Putin, during the 2001 World Championship knockout in Moscow, as quoted in Chess Base.

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There should be more chess tournaments

There is some sort of expectation that the top finishers of the National Chess Championship would be guaranteed a place on the Guyana team for the spectacular biennial 2018 Chess Olympiad in September.

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Chess champion qualifier was eye-opener

The policy implemented by the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) of hosting a preliminary qualifying tournament to determine the participants for the 2018 National Chess Championship is admirable.

Seven to qualify today for national champion tournament

Countries and governments vary vastly in size and ‘weight’… That does not mean that the biggest, meanest countries always get their way: their huge resources may not be easy to apply on the scale that counts.

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Joshua Gopaul is one to watch in local chess

One of the things that first attracted me to chess is that it brings you into contact with intelligent, civilized people – men of the stature of Garry Kasparov, the former world champion, who was my part-time coach.

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